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Roundup: Tufts suffers first loss of season

No. 14 Amherst 3, No. 2 Tufts 0

AMHERST, Mass. -- Katie Paolano recorded a goal and an assist as Amherst handed defending national champion Tufts its first loss of the season with a 3-0 win Saturday at Gooding Field.

Saturday's shutout marked the first game in 10 years that Amherst held Tufts scoreless as the Jeffs won their fourth consecutive to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the NESCAC. With the loss, the Jumbos are now 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Amherst came out strong offensively and posted two shots on goal within the first three minutes of play. Tufts goalkeeper Brianna Keenan ’15 stepped out of the net to beat two Amherst players to the ball and saved a scoring chance from Paolano but the rebound went to Krista Zsitvay '14 whose attempt got caught under the goalie. The result was a penalty shot for Zsitvay who took advantage of her opportunity and found the back of the net.

After some back-and-forth play, consecutive attempts from Zsitvay and Madeline Tank respectively at the 21:58 mark led to another score for Amherst as Paolano got the rebound off Tank’s shot and snuck one past the goalie to the left side of the net.

No. 4 Franklin & Marshall 9, Immaculata 0

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Maria Guarisco tallied her first career hat trick as No. 4 Franklin & Marshall cruised to a 9-0 victory against Immaculata in non-conference action on Saturday at Tylus Field. The Diplomats (9-0) remain perfect on the year with the win, while the Mighty Macs (2-7) have now lost five consecutive.

The Diplomats came out firing, registering the game's opening goal less than a minute into play. Juliet Dalton slid a penalty corner to the left side of the circle to the stick of Bethany Vincent, and Vincent fired a hard, low shot into the far corner for her second score of the year.

A little more than three minutes later, Guarisco buried the first of her trio of scores off another feed from Dalton. Racing forward toward goal, Dalton slipped a through-ball to her right to Guarisco, and Guarisco pushed it past Immaculata goalkeeper Sarah Pasternak to give F&M an early 2-0 edge.

Guarisco struck again in the 16th minute, burying a rebound off her own shot, to make it 3-0, before rounding out her scoring two minutes later off a dish from Katie Cecere. Positioned along the right endline, Cecere sent a cross toward the near post that Guarisco re-directed into the back of the cage.

Samantha Porcelli tacked on an unassisted tally in the 25th minute, swiping a low strike from the right side into the near post to push the F&M edge to 5-0 heading into halftime.

No. 5 William Smith 2, Vassar 1

GENEVA, N.Y. -- Senior Melanie O'Connor scored just 38 seconds into overtime to lift William Smith to a 2-1 victory against Vassar in a Liberty League match at McCooey Field on Saturday. The Herons remain unbeaten, improving to 9-0 overall (2-0 in the league).

William Smith got off to a quick start, opening the scoring in the 11th minute. O'Connor fired a shot in from the right slot that Cappello redirected into the right side of the cage. It was Cappello's team-leading eighth goal of the year. That goal stood alone for more than 57 minutes, despite a relentless attack by the Heron offense.

William Smith enjoyed an 18-3 shot advantage and a 5-2 edge in penalty corners at the end of regulation. Vassar (4-3, 0-2) weathered the storm thanks to its defense and senior goalie Maggie Brelis (nine saves). The Brewers forced extra time with just 2:47 remaining in the second half. First-year Hayley Beach sent a cross cage pass to junior Dara Davis on the right side of the cage, who sticked home her fourth goal of the year.

Vassar started overtime with the ball, but William Smith immediately pressured and took it away. O'Connor carried the ball into the circle and ripped a shot from the middle that deflected off a defender's stick into the right corner of the cage. It was her sixth tally of the season.

Heron first-year goalie Biz Chirco earned the win with one save. William Smith is off to its best start since opening the 1995 season with 16 consecutive victories.

No. 7 Middlebury 2, Colby 0

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury improved to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in NESCAC play with a 2-0 victory against Colby (4-2, 2-2) on Kohn Field on Saturday.

Catherine Fowler and Elinore O’Brien worked a give-and-go 8:14 into the game, with Fowler netting her team-best eighth goal of the season.

Colby had a great chance to score in the 26th minute, but Deidre Miller made a great defensive save on a shot from McKayla Blanch.

The Panthers looked to increase their lead in the 52nd minute on a great feed from Pam Schulman to Lauren Berestecky, but the shot went just wide. Fowler nearly scored nine minute later on a penalty corner, but her shot also went just wide.

Middlebury gained some breathing room with 3:44 left to play with the first of her career for Berestecky. After a pass from Bridget Instrum, Berestecky found the far side of the net from the right side to give her team a 2-0 advantage.

Emily Knapp made three saves in goal to earn the win, returning to the cage after missing the previous three contests.

No. 9 Christopher Newport 5, Frostburg State 0

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- After waiting 12 years as an independent program, Christopher Newport finally got to play its first league game on Saturday as a member of the Capital Athletic Conference. On an overcast afternoon at Captains Turf Field, ninth-ranked Christopher Newport used five second-half goals to race past Frostburg State for a shutout win 5-0.

CNU improved to 10-0, adding to its historic run to start a season, while the Bobcats fell to 4-6 overall. Leading the way in the historic win was senior Kelsey Clark, putting away three of the five goals for her first career hat trick. CNU scored all five goals in the span of just more than 12 minutes in the second half, blowing by its new conference foes after a scoreless first frame.

Clark got the eventual game winner in the 40th minute of play, off an assist by Allie Hackbarth. Clark, a junior midfielder, played a long pass from the right side of the field, directly across the goal mouth. Clark was open on the back post and slammed home the score for her first goal of the game.

Just 1:18 later, CNU tacked on another score. This time, Jordan Snider found Lauren Cheatham for a deflection in front of the keeper. Megan Grimm, who had nine saves in the first half, was unable to reach the deflection as Cheatham scored her team-high 11th goal of the season.

Goal number three came just more than two minutes later, as Hackbarth notched her second assist of the contest. After beating her defender on the goal line, she slipped a pass into the middle of the circle, where Belle Tunstall was ready for the shot.

Clark completed her hat trick with two more goals in a six and a half minute span between the 46th and 52nd minute. Both tallies were unassisted, as she rebounded her own shot for the first goal, and then smashed a rocket rom the top of the circle into the right side of the goal for the fifth and final CNU score.

No. 10 Messiah 5, Alvernia 0

GRANTHAM, Pa. -- Messiah took a 3-0 first-half lead and added two more scores after the break en route to a 5-0 win against Alvernia on Saturday at Anderson Field.

Four different Falcons scored on the day, with Caroline Wulf leading the way with a pair. Molly Gebrosky and Angela Klaczak combined for five saves in the cage.

Moriah Pfautz, Jennie Kamel and Jenna Bretz also scored for the Falcons.

With the win Messiah moves to 5-2.